Le Mani in Pasta

Address: Via dei Genovesi 37, Rome, 00153, Italy
Telephone: 06 581 6017

- Mid-range

4.5

This tiny seafood-slanted Trastevere trattoria is always packed.

For one of the best trattoria meals in central Rome, head for this buzzy place in the southern part of Trastevere . I come here all the time – at least, whenever I can remember to book ahead, as it’s hugely popular.

Food and drink
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Service
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Food and drink
4.7
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Value for money
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Ambience
4.6
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Location
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Food and drink

Unusually for a Roman trattoria, fish is a strong point. I often start with the sautéed clams and mussels – great for bread-mopping – and move on to a pasta dish like spaghetti with artichokes and cuttlefish, at which point I’m pretty much done. For those who make it to the secondi, there’s baked or grilled fish, plus a few Roman meaty options like saltimbocca (strips of veal and ham with sage leaves, stewed in white wine). The wine list is pretty good, with very honest mark-ups.

Ambience

There’s one busy main dining room, plus a rather claustrophobic downstairs dining area (not nearly so atmospheric, as you miss the action in the open-to-view kitchen). It’s all very elbow to elbow, and very convivial – but don’t come here for a romantic tête-à-tête.

Service

They may be in a hurry, but the waiters are also friendly, and keen to make sure you enjoy your meal.

Location

It’s just around the corner from the Church of Santa Cecilia, in the quieter, southern part of Trastevere.

Price advice

I’ve never paid more than 70 euros for two here, wine and service included. And that was a real blow-out meal.

Recommended for

  • Families with teenagers
  • First-time travellers
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Relaxation

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